BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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The sun isn’t always kind and white isn’t always bright….Art for Writers

White trees and white buildings connected by white walkways…but the affect is anything but light, bright or uplifting. This is the white of bone and dead things. What we are … Continue reading

May 26, 2017 · 4 Comments

Some times you tell a story through the things you leave out…ART FOR WRITERS

This painting is called Race You to the Bottom and was created sometime in the late 1990s I imagine, or even more recently, because the artist was born in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · 2 Comments

Moon Madness by Andrew Wyeth: art for writers

A painting by one of the most popular American artists of the 20th century,  Andrew Wyeth (1917 – 2009). A writing exercise linked to this painting has to be about … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · 2 Comments

Capturing a sense of character in the land and in the sea – Art for Writers

Looking at this wonderful seascape, I am reminded of the words of American novelist E.L. Doctorow: “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it … Continue reading

May 5, 2017 · 4 Comments

A much-loved painting of a small, out of the way place….Art for Writers

I’m guessing that any New Zealander reading this will recognise this picture of a remote railway station painted in the 1930s. It has become an iconic 20th century image and … Continue reading

April 28, 2017 · 2 Comments

Looking at yourself – Inspiring Art for Writers

I hadn’t heard of Joan Semmel before I came across this painting and I can’t help feeling that is a failing on my part. Wikipedia tells me she is an … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · 10 Comments

Painting with light – inspiring art for writers

This is a little different. The Finnish artist Karri Kola uses light as her medium. This installation “Nordic Elements” was on show at Lumina Light Festival in 2014  in Cascais … Continue reading

March 31, 2017 · 4 Comments

Wild seas cooking up a storm – Inspiring Pictures for Writers

Three young women, a blond, a brunette and a red head, dance and make music and sip tea in the long grass while a storm spins the sea into a … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · 4 Comments

Sexual harassment depicted by a 17th century woman artist — inspiring paintings for writers

I found this painting because I follow @womtureensart1 on twitter. Every day I meet new artists and discover new paintings, sculpture, photographs. Go follow – it’s a breath of fresh … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · 4 Comments

Inspiring Art for Writers -creating from the inside out

‘Clearly, it is not possible to paint the spirit. You cannot paint consciousness. You start with the knowledge we all have that the most significant human reality lies beneath material … Continue reading

March 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

Inspiring Art for Writers – the painting that was the source for Waiting for Godot

This is a painting by Caspar David Friendrich, a 19th century German artist most famous for his land and seascapes which seem to tell stories while creating an emotional response … Continue reading

March 3, 2017 · 3 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers – Paris 1950 in film

Breathe in. You can almost smell it…. This is not your world and probably not your language; I’m willing to bet good money that it is also not your time, … Continue reading

February 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers – diving into fable and fantasy

Not into fantasy? Don’t write it; don’t read it? I understand and could say the same except…except it’s good to get out of the comfortable niche we create for ourselves. … Continue reading

February 10, 2017 · 3 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers – a street in a French town leading somewhere…

An arresting pen and ink drawing by David Gentleman. The simple graduation of colour in the sky suggests something is about to happen… Gentleman is an illustrator who studied at … Continue reading

February 3, 2017 · 2 Comments